An NBC report that was mysteriously scrubbed from social media appears to be largely vindicated by the release of the Paul Pelosi bodycam footage on Friday. The controversial report had led to the suspension of Emmy-nominated NBC News reporter Miguel Almaguer.
Almaguer’s report controversially stated that Paul Pelosi gave no indication to the San Francisco police that he was in danger when he answered the door. The archived report can be watched here.
Among the facts corroborated by the newly released bodycam video: The officers did not give any indication they knew it was the Pelosis’ home. DePape had said that ‘everything’s good.’ Paul Pelosi, holding a drink and clad in his underwear, moved away from the door prior to the attack. He did not declare that he was in danger. He was holding the hammer in DePape’s hand.
The new bodycam Paul Pelosi video can be watched below.
NBC News subsequently retracted the report and scrubbed it from social media. The Washington Post gives the official version about why this happened.
“NBC News reporter Miguel Almaguer had what seemed like a scoop on Friday about an intruder’s attack last week on Paul Pelosi,” the Post noted. “The curious new details he presented on the ‘Today’ show quickly went viral on right-wing sites and social media accounts.”
“One problem: Much of Almaguer’s account was inaccurate, based on flawed information provided by a source who was unnamed in the report, according to people at the network,” the Post sneered. “Those people said Almaguer was incorrect when he reported that the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave police no indication he was in danger when he answered the door. In fact, San Francisco police have said that Pelosi was struggling with the intruder, David DePape, when they first saw him.”
There were serious questions raised about what happened, as was correctly pointed out by Tucker Carlson.
Tucker just ended NBC after they got CAUGHT scrubbing the Today Show's Paul Pelosi report raising questions about the attack:
"NBC News has Jeffrey Epstein'ed the entire thing." pic.twitter.com/MohFv4mQ1E
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 5, 2022
NBC News was subsequently blasted for retracting the report without giving a good explanation for what precisely was wrong with it.
“A prominent media watchdog is calling on NBC News to be ‘more transparent’ about its stunning retraction of a report last week on the Paul Pelosi attack, and critics from all sides are demanding more of an explanation,” Fox News reported.
“It’s incumbent on NBC to be more transparent about the process, and say publicly what, if anything, was inaccurate in the report,” Steve Krakauer wrote.
“Krakauer, editor of the Fourth Watch media newsletter, believes journalism has traditionally been a ‘skeptical’ profession but the way NBC News handled the Pelosi story is evidence that things have dramatically changed,” the report added.
The NBC reporter Miguel Almaguer was punished for his report.
“Miguel Almaguer, a correspondent with NBC’s Today show has been suspended while an internal investigation is conducted at the network after the broadcaster was forced to retract its reporting that only served to fan conspiracy theories about the attack on Paul Pelosi,” the Daily Mail reported.
“Almaguer, 45, who has worked for NBC since 2009, compiled a report that suggested Nancy Pelosi’s husband was not in any danger when police arrived at the couple’s San Francisco home,” the report added.
“It stated, using information from an anonymous source, that Pelosi had told San Francisco police there was no indication he was in any danger and did not declare and emergency when he answered the door,” the report continued.
“After a ‘knock and announce,’ the front door was opened by Mr. Pelosi. The 82-year-old did not immediately declare an emergency or tried to leave his home but instead began walking several feet back into the foyer toward the assailant and away from police. It’s unclear if the 82-year-old was already injured or what his mental state was, say sources,” Almaguer’s voiceover said over the news piece.
“The report, which aired November 4, was later found to be inaccurate as it completely contradicted claims made by both prosecutors and police,” the Mail continued. “The police’s narrative of the incident told how Pelosi was struggling with the intruder, David DePape, when they arrived at his home. Pelosi was left with a cracked skull.”
“Hours later, NBC News removed the video report from their website, stating it ‘did not meet NBC News reporting standards’,” the Mail added.
There is nothing really contradicted by the bodycam footage that was in the NBC report. The issue appears to be that the NBC reporter didn’t sufficiently editorialize about Pelosi being in danger to satisfy the NBC execs or the powerbrokers that demanded it.
The Paul Pelosi bodycam tracks with what Almageur reported. The real mystery is why the order was given to axe it.
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